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When Worlds Collide
Director: Rudolph Maté
Screenplay: Edwin Balmer, Philip Wylie, Sydney Boehm
Producer: Cecil B. DeMille, George Pal
Cast: Richard Derr, Barbara Rush, Peter Hansen, John Hoyt, Larry Keating
Genre: Classics

Running Time: 83
Aspect Ratio:  1.33:1 (NTSC )
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Subtitles: English
Studio:  Paramount DVD Region:  1 G
DVD Release:  Sep 2001 Discs:  1 (Cloud) [$9.98]
Reviews:  Winner of the 1951 Academy Award for Best Special Effects, this science fiction extravaganza set a new standard for the realistic depiction of cinematic disasters. Of course, it's a quaint curiosity by today's technological standards, but as produced by visual effects pioneer George Pal, this story of Earth's collision with a runaway star is still a dazzling example of screen sci-fi from the '50s, when special effects were entering a new stage of advancement. Despite scientists' warnings about the star's destructive potential, government officials refuse to take action that could cause international panic, but a consortium of private industrialists prepare for the worst by building a gigantic spaceship--an ark for humanity to begin life anew on a distant planet. Who will be chosen to go, and who left behind? As earthquakes roar and massive tidal waves devastate entire cities, the huge rocket prepares for take-off from its miles-long launching ramp--ready to abandon the shattered Earth! Although it's more enjoyable now as a cinematic museum piece, "When Worlds Collide" remains a milestone of its kind, leading the way for many more screen disasters that followed this movie's still-worthy example. "--Jeff Shannon"

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